Updated on 09/16/2011 7:45AM

No looking ahead for Maybry's Boy


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - There will be more than a Grade 2 victory and the winner's share of a $150,000 purse on the line for Maybry's Boy, the heavy favorite in Saturday's Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park. A big performance could also mean a starting berth two weeks down the road in the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth Stakes.

Six 3-year-olds were entered for the seven-furlong Hutcheson, whose past roster of winners includes Spectacular Bid, Swale, and Holy Bull.

Maybry's Boy will attempt to add the Hutcheson to his victory in the Spectacular Bid Stakes on opening day. A son of Broad Brush, Maybry's Boy has shown steady improvement since winning a maiden race on Nov. 17 and his running style gives the impression he will be able to handle more ground.

"I'd like to see him run well on Saturday before worrying about the next one," trainer Shug McGaughey said. "But if he puts in a good effort and comes out of the race on a positive note I'll plan on running him in the Fountain of Youth. Two weeks is a little quick for me, but he's a pretty hearty horse and should handle it."

McGaughey's main concern in the Hutcheson could be a lack of pace. Maybry's Boy benefited from a contested pace and a slow track that favored stretch runners in the Spectacular Bid.

"He had the outside post and ducked out at the break last time," said McGaughey. "He won't drop that far back Saturday. A lot will depend on the pace and the track style, but he's a one-run horse and we're going to let him run his race."

Royal Lad, who figures to control the pace in the Hutcheson, finished a tiring fourth in the Spectacular Bid after being hard used on the lead. He also lugged in to hamper jockey Eibar Coa through the stretch. Afterward, it was discovered Royal Lad was suffering from an abscessed tooth which was subsequently removed.

"I think he's going to improve off his last and I'd love to see him loose and able to relax on the lead," said trainer Ralph Ziadie.

Axis has won his last two starts by a combined 9 1/2 lengths but will get tested for class while also trying seven furlongs for the first time.

Showmeitall rallied to finish second in the Spectacular Bid and has trained extremely well at Calder for his rematch with Maybry's Boy.

Dr. Greeley and Monthir complete the lineup.

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